Interculturality as Cultivating Humility to Cultural Differences: Teachings from Leonore Cavallero

Leonore and her husband, Rick, with long-time friends and neighbors in the Intag Cloudforest Region of the Chocó Bioregion in August 2021. Together they form part of a community forest reserve that stewards and protects the lands and rivers that are threatened by national and international mining interests.
Interculturality is not only overcoming superiority complexes and having an open mind about what others outside your own culture eat, but also learning how to eat particular foods customary to the communities where one is living. In this case, Juli Hazlewood, Co-founder & Executive Director of Roots & Routes IC, is learning how to drink the refreshing young tagua nut, or fruits of the vegetable ivory palm tree (Phytelephas aequatorialis), which are endemic to the Chocó Bioregion. Her teacher and guide is elder Awá friend, Doña Maria, on her farm in Guadualito.
This photo is an example of an intercultural exchange from R&R’s pre-history, when Juli joined into how the Awá people do things. Here we have Juli and an Awá woman making food together in Ecuador’s Imbabura Province in July 2007, during a 104-kilometer (64 miles) Awá March in protection of the Awa peoples’ ancestral territory.

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